Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Edible Fruit
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring to late summer
Botanical Pronunciation:SIT-rus
Plant type:Citrus
Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
Growth habit:Round
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing 8 ft. tall, 6 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring to late summer
Flower color:White
Flower attributesFragrant, Repeat Flowering
Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Design IdeasWith its clusters of small orange fruit, this tree is highly ornamental and it's little enough to tuck in anywhere. Its upright form lends itself to low, mounded underplantings. Beautiful in a container planting on an outdoor patio or indoors in the kitchen or sunroom.Great addition to an Asian inspired theme garden.
Companion PlantsPlant a tropical or Asian container garden with Nagami Kumquat as your centerpiece. Include Lantana, Bougainvillea and Mandevilla for the hot, tropical look, or select a highly glazed Asian urn with Azalea, Asian Jasmine and Gardenia for a Zen garden.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
Kumquats are native to China and have been grown in China and Japan for centuries. They were introduced to Europe in 1846 by Robert Fortune of the Royal Horticultural Society. The plant made its way to North America shortly after its introduction in Europe. Kumquats were included in the genus Citrus until about 1915 when Dr. Walter T. Swingle set them apart in the genus Fortunella, which embraces six Asiatic species.
Lore:
Kumquats are used all over the world in culinary recipes and holiday decorations. The common name, which has been spelled cumquat, or comquot, means "gold orange" in China. The Japanese equivalent is kin kan or kin kit for the round type, too kin kan, for the oval type. In Southeast Asia, the round is called kin, kin kuit, or kuit xu, and the oval, chu tsu or chantu. In Brazil, the trade name may be kumquat, kunquat, or laranja de ouro, dos orientais.